The first COVID-19 patient who needed intensive care treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd has been discharged.
Brian Davies, a taxi driver from Holyhead, was admitted onto the COVID ward at the Bangor hospital at the end of last month. He was moved to the ICU and placed on a ventilator for nearly a fortnight.
But his condition improved, and on Monday, staff lined the corridors to clap and cheer the 69 year-old as he was allowed to go home.
Mr Davies said: ”Before I went into hospital I wasn’t feeling myself – I had pulled a muscle in my back so I put it down to that.”
”I never would have thought I had contracted Coronavirus. It was only when my son said I needed to go to hospital I thought it may be something serious.”
”I don’t really remember much from my time in hospital – the last thing I remember was coming over the Menai Bridge in an ambulance.”
Brian’s son, Aron Davies, said he prepared himself for the worst after being told his father had been moved to intensive care.
He added: ”The first few days my Dad was in intensive care, it was touch and go, and it was really hard as obviously I couldn’t be with him but the staff kept me up to date all the time on his condition.”
”As the days passed he got stronger and stronger and he was eventually discharged to Moelwyn Ward on 15 April which was a huge relief.”
Brian is now hoping to run a fundraiser in the near future to thank Ysbyty Gwynedd staff who cared for him.
He said ”I will be forever grateful to the staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd, they have saved my life. They were all absolutely unbelievable, so caring – they treated me like a super star!”
”When I’m back on my feet, I would really like to organise a fundraiser so I can give back and thank them for all they are doing, they really are amazing people.”
Dr Karen Mottart, medical director at Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: ”We are delighted to see Brian return home…and wish him all the best in his continued recovery.”
”Our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are working extremely hard to ensure all our patients receive the best possible care and I’d like to thank them all for their efforts.”